Mark ( on April 26th, 2009

I’ve mentioned before that I’m basically a self-taught woodworker.  Lot’s of reading, watching videos and making mistakes have gone into my “training” in the craft.   Well, that’s all about to change for the better…

huntboardI had been thinking about the possibility of taking a class or two in some facet of woodworking.  For years, I’ve procrastinated and never acted on those thoughts.  Finally, this year I decided to take the plunge and sign up for a class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. I’m going to be there for a weekend class (May 9-10) on Embellishments including stringing, cross-band veneering and other inlaid features.  Following that I will be staying on during the following week (May 11-15) for a class building a Virginia/Carolina Sideboard.  These  classes will be with Jeff Headley and Steve Hamilton.  Jeff is a forth-generation cabinetmaker and has written for Fine Woodworking and Steve works with Jeff in his woodworking business building period reproduction furniture.  The picture shows Jeff’s version of the Huntboard that I’ll be building.  I’m really looking forward to this class for the opportunity to learn some new techniques and to improve my skills – especially in the hand tool area.

As evidenced by my lack of posts on the Sculpted Rocking Chair recently, I’ve been gathering and prepping materials for the Huntboard.  So, my progress on the rocking chair will be on hold for a bit while I go off to school. I’ll be back at that project as soon as I get home.  Also,  I plan on blogging about my time at the Marc Adams School as well as progress during the classes so, keep an eye out here for updates.

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6 Responses to “Classes at the Marc Adams School”

  1. Mark,

    Yeah, rub it in! 😉 Actually, ** that ** is pretty cool! I know you will enjoy your time there, and learning many new techniques. And I will look forward to your comments and review of the sessions you attend.

  2. Mark,

    Take really good notes while the instructors are at the bench…after the second or third day the class progress will will spread and and those in the back and middle can get lost. (remember the class size at Marc Adams is 18 individuals with different capabilities). Typically there are no plans or notes given to the students to follow, so ask a lot of questions. Expect to only work an hour or two on the last day. Mark always has his students clean the shop the last couple of hours. I have been looking at other schools due, which typically only has eight student per class and there is no cleaning time involved and thier prices are the same as Marc’s. At $700 plus expenses why am I cleaning instead of working on the project?

    The positive of Marc’s school is that he does have top notch woodworkers coming into the school to teach.

  3. Mark –

    This is really exciting news! To say I am jealous would be an understatement. I hope you have a splendid time. It will be fun to follow any blog entries that you have a chance to post . . . and hopefully a photo or two of you at the bench!


  4. Hi Mark…… that’s pretty cool. Do you know anybody else through the blog/internet that you are aquainted with, who will be attending??? I’m looking forward to your posts Mark.


  5. Hey Guys,

    Thanks for all of the comments! I am looking forward to this…as I stated, something that I’ve never done before. I’ve been prepping material from a rough cut list. Of course by my nature I already have a lot of questions regarding the build. I guess I’ll get them answered in due time.

    Chuck, thanks for the tips. I guess you’ve gone down this road before. Good inputs – I’m a note taker so, I’ll put my skills to work! Shop cleaning, what’s that about?!!


  6. Mark,

    The classes I have taken at Marc Adams have been a basic cabinet making with Zane, Sharpening and Dovetail Class with David Charlesworth, and a Writing Desk by Chris Gochnour. I enjoyed all the classes, however the most challenging was the writing desk due to time constrains and how the class got so spread out in the work process.

    Highly recommend that you plan on taking the instructor out for dinner the first night and than get back to work in at the bench. Any time your allow to work late take advantage and work as late as possible. The instructors and Marc does not expect anyone to complete their projects while at the school. However, they feel that you can go home with the knowledge you have learned during the week and finish at home. I have talked to some students who have gone to other schools and some expect you have enought time to finish while at the school and others feel the same as at Marc Adams. I really don’t know if it is a function of the size of class or type of project.

    It is Marc’s feeling that if he were to go to your shop and work for a week that you or I would expect him to help clean the shop…which is true, except that I am pay him a fee for trainning and spending additional money for living expenses. All this money is not being spend to save a few of him a couple of dollars in cleaning. This cleaning time, classes size and the extra $$ for administation fee are just minor problems, if you have a good instructor. Marc does get some very well known instructors and I would attend again. However, I will first check out other schools first for that particular instructor.

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